US 8044670 B2 Abstract An apparatus for determining a resonant frequency of a wind turbine tower is provided. The apparatus includes a processing unit configured to receive an acceleration measurement value, the acceleration measurement value representative of the acceleration of the wind turbine tower in the direction parallel to a rotor rotational axis of the wind turbine and/or in the direction perpendicular to both the rotor rotational axis and the tower axis of the wind turbine. The apparatus includes a memory configured to store a series of acceleration measurement values, and the processing unit includes a Fourier transform module configured to calculate a spectral vector based on calculating a convolution-based fast Fourier transform of the series of acceleration measurement values, and includes a resonant frequency calculation module configured to calculate the tower resonant frequency based on the calculated spectral vector.
Claims(19) 1. An apparatus for determining a resonant frequency of a wind turbine tower, comprising:
a memory configured to store a series of acceleration measurement values, each acceleration measurement value representative of an acceleration of the wind turbine tower in a direction parallel to a rotor rotational axis and/or in a direction perpendicular to both the rotor rotational axis and the tower axis of the wind turbine; and
a processing unit that receives an acceleration measurement value, the processing unit comprising:
a Fourier transform module that calculates a spectral vector based on calculating a convolution-based fast Fourier transform of the series of acceleration measurement values, and
a resonant frequency calculation module that calculates the tower resonant frequency based on the calculated spectral vector.
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12. A method of determining a resonant frequency of a wind turbine tower, comprising:
receiving an acceleration measurement value, the acceleration measurement value representative of an acceleration of a wind turbine tower in the direction parallel to a rotor rotational axis and/or in the direction perpendicular to both the rotor rotational axis and the tower axis of the wind turbine;
selecting a series of acceleration measurement values;
calculating a spectral vector based on calculating a convolution-based fast Fourier transform of the series of acceleration measurement values; and
calculating the tower resonant frequency based on the calculated spectral vector.
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Description This application claims priority of European Patent Office application No. 08004938.0 EP filed Mar. 17, 2008, which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety. The invention relates to an apparatus for determining a resonant frequency of a wind turbine tower, comprising a processing unit configured to receive an acceleration measurement value, said acceleration measurement value being representative of the acceleration of the wind turbine tower in the direction parallel to a rotor rotational axis of the wind turbine and/or in the direction perpendicular to both the rotor rotational axis and the tower axis, as well as a method therefore. In wind turbine systems known in the art, sudden changes in the velocity of the wind that acts on the rotor of the wind turbine causes its tower to sway back and forth and sideways. Such, oftentimes circle-like, oscillation of the wind turbine tower is known to significantly shorten the technical life period of the tower, and also to produce significant mechanical load in the yaw system and gearing. Such oscillations can be still dramatically increased in cases of variable speed turbines, in which certain rotational speeds can cause oscillations that match the tower resonant frequency. In order to avoid this adverse effect, systems of the art have been built strong enough to tolerate these extra forces, and wind turbine parts have been replaced more frequently due to the increased wear. However, such an approach demands a substantial extra technical effort, both regarding structural efforts and maintenance efforts. In order to reduce such extra effort, it has been proposed to continuously obtain a tower acceleration measurement signal and to combine this signal with a rotor blade pitch control signal in U.S. Pat. No. 4,420,692. Thus, additional aerodynamic damping is provided by appropriately modulating the blade angle control. To computationally determine the tower resonant frequency, additional computing resources such as powerful processors and memory are necessary. Consequently, systems are known that, locally in the wind turbine, merely measure the acceleration of the tower in direction of the rotor rotational axis, and store and forward these acceleration values to a remote central control office, where the resonant frequency is calculated by an operator and then manually entered into the turbine control system. In such systems, the necessary computing resources could be provided at relatively low cost and effort. However, there is additional effort in data communication, and for functioning properly, the system is dependent on working communication lines. It is therefore an object of the invention to provide an apparatus and a method for determining a resonant frequency of a wind turbine tower that provides for accurate results while reducing the amount of required computing and storage capacity. This object is achieved by the subject-matter of any one of claims. An apparatus is provided for determining a resonant frequency of a wind turbine tower, comprising a processing unit configured to receive an acceleration measurement value, said acceleration measurement value being representative of the acceleration of the wind turbine tower in the direction parallel to a rotor rotational axis of the wind turbine and/or in the direction perpendicular to both the rotor rotational axis and the tower axis, characterized in that it comprises a memory configured to store a series of acceleration measurement values, and the processing unit comprises: -
- a Fourier transform module configured to calculate a spectral vector based on calculating a convolution-based fast Fourier transform of the series of acceleration measurement values, and
- a resonant frequency calculation module configured to calculate the tower resonant frequency based on the calculated spectral vector.
By performing a fast Fourier transform (FFT) based on a convolution, the present invention enables to obtain precise results of a given resolution while having to evaluate fewer points or samples. Thereby, the present invention provides for improved calculation efficiency. Such performing the FFT based on a convolution can be implemented, for instance, by calculating a discrete Fourier transform (DFT) that has been reformulated as a convolution. By evaluating the spectral vector thus obtained through the transform, the tower resonant frequency is obtained. Hence the present invention provides a solution for efficiently determining a resonant frequency of a wind turbine tower. Computational effort and resource consumption are reduced for a given accuracy, or, at the same time, accuracy can be improved without applying additional technical effort. As the person skilled in the art will acknowledge, in the entire present document, the terms “parallel” and “perpendicular” are to be understood as including a certain amount of derivation from its actual precise orientation. For instance, in practical configurations, the rotor axis of the wind turbine may be oriented upwards by a small angle relative to the horizontal direction to prevent the rotor blades from touching the wind turbine tower when wind pressure bends the rotor blades towards the tower. In embodiments of the apparatus, the Fourier transform module can be configured to calculate said convolution-based fast Fourier transform based on a chirp z-transform (CZT), or a chirp transform algorithm (CTA), of the series of acceleration measurement values. Such implementations are particularly well-suited for performing convolution with a prespecified impulse response. Further, another degree of flexibility is added, since a CZT or CTA can be used to compute any set of equally spaced samples of the Fourier transform on the unit circle. In an embodiment, the processing unit further comprises a noise filter module to remove noise from the calculated spectral vector. Such noise filter module can be based on a low-pass filter. By doing so, the data quality is enhanced for improved accuracy of results. General vibration, for instance caused by gearing in the nacelle, can be eliminated and thus does not adversely influence the calculation of the tower resonant frequency. In implementations, the noise filter module can be based on a first-order-filter. This allows to implement the filter in a particularly efficient way, well suited to embedded computing platforms that are integrated in the wind turbine control system internal to the wind turbine. In an embodiment, the noise filter module is configured such that a current filter output value accumulates its preceding filter output value and a bit-shifted difference between the preceding filter output value and the current acceleration measurement signal. The bit-shift therein is performed by an arithmetic shift in the direction of the least significant bit. In practical realizations, the noise filter module can be implemented based on the C++ programming expression
wherein bitshift is a programming language constant or variable and is a specific positive integer value. By expressing the filter in such a very brief programming statement, a compiler is enabled to optimize the correspondingly generated machine-code for the particular computing platform to a particularly high degree. Hence, efficiency is further enhanced while efforts for software maintenance are reduced to the minimum. Generally, the noise filter module may operate based on the formula expression
In embodiments, the Fourier transform module can be configured to calculate the spectral vector based on calculating an absolute value of the convolution-based fast Fourier transform of the series of acceleration measurement values. In embodiments, the resonant frequency calculation module can be configured to calculate the tower resonant frequency based on determining a maximum value of the spectral vector. The invention according to a method of determining a resonant frequency of a wind turbine tower, wherein an acceleration measurement value is processed, said acceleration measurement value being representative of the acceleration of a wind turbine tower in the direction parallel to a rotor rotational axis of the wind turbine and/or in the direction perpendicular to both the rotor rotational axis and the tower axis, characterized in that it further comprises the steps of: -
- Selecting a series of acceleration measurement values;
- Calculating a spectral vector based on calculating a convolution-based fast Fourier transform of the series of acceleration measurement values, and
- Calculate the tower resonant frequency based on the calculated spectral vector.
The method can be embodied according to any of the features described in more detail below. The embodiments of the method correspond to the embodiments of the apparatus and produce corresponding technical effects, as explained above. The invention and embodiments are further explained in more detail below, referring to the following figures: Wind turbine Due to quick changes in wind forces acting parallel to axis A-A′, tower While 1P-oscillations are primarily based on unbalances in the rotor or the wings, 3P-oscillations are mainly based on wind turbulence, unevenly distributed wind speeds over the rotor (for instance, higher wind speed at the top of the rotor than at the bottom). In nacelle The apparatus The specific configuration of memory In step In step The principle used in this calculation can be expressed as follows:
With F The calculation result of step In step In step The filter function implemented in noise filter module following formula 2.6 below. This can be understood with the following inference:
Formula 2.1 provides the transfer function for the low-pass filter, with Fc being the center frequency for the S-domain of the filter. Formula 2.2 correspondingly provides the transfer function, with Fc being the center frequency for the Z-domain of the filter. Formulae 2.3 to 2.6 present the corresponding differential equations for the filter. In step Practical results of the present system are demonstrated referring to the signal diagrams shown in The frequency spectrum shown in Compared with the analytical spectrum of The presently proposed system provides for reliable and accurate identification of the tower resonant frequency of a wind turbine, while substantially reducing requirements as to calculation, storage and communication capacity. Thus, the present system can be easily integrated with an on-board control system within the wind turbine. This can be achieved by appropriate configuration and/or programming of the processing unit of the on-board control system already present in the wind turbine, so as to execute the proposed method steps, or can be implemented by adding and connecting the proposed apparatus to the wind turbine control system. For instance, the frequency value detected by the system can be used when controlling the speed by power reference. Typically, the rotor speed is controlled by power reference until the turbine is producing a maximum of power, after which the speed is further controlled by a pitch control system. Using the detected frequency at power reference speed control corresponds to the fact that the conditions to be avoided, that is, speeds where 1P or 3P matches the tower frequency, oftentimes take place at speed ranges wherein power reference speed control is used. Embodiments of the invention may further comprise a 1P and/or 3P second-order notch filter (and, correspondingly, the step of filtering out 1P- and/or 3P-oscillations from the determined acceleration measurements) in order to avoid the present system from detecting 1P- and/or 3P-oscillations instead of the tower frequency, in cases of 1P- and/or 3P-oscillations being within the detector window (F Patent Citations
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